Baby Registry (not your typical what do I need post)

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@megz06:  well, I think it sort of depends on the size of your social circle, but what got me was that I didn’t actually receive a lot of the stuff on my registry so I ended up having to buy it myself. Which was fine, but if I’d known it was going to turn out that way ahead of time, I might have Craigslisted more stuff on my own.

So what I’m trying to say is … if you have a huge social circle and you’ll probably get millions of gifts, then my advice is useless. But if your circle is a little smaller, then you probably want to limit the registry to things you really can’t find used. Because people will want to buy you the “fun” stuff like swings, bouncy seats, etc. but you can get those used for soooo cheap; I’d rather my family/friends spend the same amount of money on things I can’t get on Craigslist!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Your best guideline might be how things went with your wedding registry: the people who stuck to it pretty closely are likely to do so with this as well, but if a lot of people didn’t use the wedding registry, they’re not likely to use the baby one either.

The other factor is how comfortable they are with Amazon, as opposed to an in-store registry. I know that about half of my family would NOT be able to figure that out.

ETA: just saw you are registering other places besides Amazon – whoops! So, yeah, that may make a difference.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@megz06:  I would definitely register at a store as well. People like to go in and look at all the cute crap. 

And I agree with PPs- it depends on your circle and your wedding registry is a good indicator. My sister had a huge 70 guest shower and she got just about everything in her registry (including the crib from my very generous uncle).

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

bumping to follow.  OP, I’m dong the same as you. Putting everything on Amazon first for orginizationl purposes but will eventually register at a sore as well.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hopefully your friends will get it for you anyway, but what EVERY mother I have ever spoken to says she needs, more than anything, is DIAPERS.  My SIL begs for them, my two friends who got them for showers say they were the most useful gift they got. 

Car seats if the other must have, but its a priceier item.  You can’t take your baby home without them, and I (personally) wouldn’t trust a used one. 

Post # 12
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6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@megz06:  well in just a very involved aunt, but I will answer for my sister (I babysat three to four days a week for the first 9 months and one to three overnights a month since). 

What were some of the items you overlooked (ie forgot to add)?

Receiving blankets! She registered for a couple three packs but that wasn’t nearly enough and I ended up making another six. She was washing them everyday because the baby would spit up or pee on them all

What was your favorite item?

The “womb sounds” seahorse. There are a bunch of different ones but they are magic! The baby would calm down and go to sleep immediately when I gave him that thing. 

What item could you have done without?

spit

Did you find you got the exact brand you asked for or did they deviate from the list?

everyone bought THEIR favorite brand of diapers but otherwise they stuck to the brand we registered for. 

What would you have done differently during the registry process?

She didn’t register for clothes bc we assumed people would buy them anyway and they did, but she should have registered for bigger clothes like 6,9&12 months. 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What were some of the items you overlooked (ie forgot to add)? breastfeeding cover, carseat canopy, baby gym thing, clothes in size 9 months or higher (hard because you don’t neccessarily know seasonal clothes if your baby will be big or small).  We purchased major large items for ourselves (carseat, stroller, swing, furniture, etc.  My mom gave us $500 towards a crib and we found one on sale for like $198, so that paid for some furniture too)

What was your favorite item?  Favorite items that I got that were ON my registry were a jumparoo, baby carrier, and ABC mat (foam tiles that make a 6 by 6 mat, definitely get something like this!)

What item could you have done without? I would suggest not registering for a ton of bottles or pacifiers because you have no idea what your little one will like.  We got some bottles I thought would be awesome and we used once and never again because they didn’t work well for us.  Ours also never took a paci. Also, I probably asked for too many toys. 

Did you find you got the exact brand you asked for or did they deviate from the list?
When it comes to big items, people purchased right from my registry, but pretty much everyone gave me clothes, books, and small toys I did not ask for, these were fine with me though!  I did take some of the clothes back though and a few other things that were not on my registry (if they had receipts) and used this money to purchase my breast pump (which I think is now covered by most insurances). 

What would you have done differently during the registry process?
I am actually really happy with how it turned out!  I registered at a few different stores and pulled everything together with a myregistry.com page.  This was also useful because if I found 1-2 items from any particular store, I could register for them without making a store registry for JUST that.  People also liked looking at everything in one place.  People were extremely generous for me and I feel really blessed.  

 

My advice- have fun and if you have some sort of theme you like (ours was Winnie the Pooh), make it known, then people will often buy in the theme or from your registry.  Also, you can NEVER have too many books, ever!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t register for clothing. Even being team green, we got some clothes (and some hand me downs). We’re only 3.5 months in, but I would say we got a decent amount of things from our registry-we got what we needed (we had nothing, so we were happy with whatever we got). In general, they bought off the registry. If you had a preference on anything (like brands of diapers or other items), I would register for those just so they get the hint.

Things like sheet savers, pump parts (I bought some bottles after I found he liked bottles better than actaully nursing), and other nursing supplies were the only things that I ended up getting after that I hadn’t considered before hand. Also, those little arm & hammer diaper bags (the ones like dog poop bags) are great too!

https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/boppy-reg-infant-seat-handle-cushion/1018767848?skuId=18767848&registryId=13441935 Should go on your registry! Not a necessity, but it really helps, and it’s easy to use the handle as normal.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@megz06:  Buy your own clothing. People went almost exclusively for items that were $25-$100. Which was amazing! But it also meant that we had to buy her wardrobe.

Not a big deal if you’re shopping at a store! But I got her an ENTIRE wardrobe from NB to 2T (10 garbage bags of baby clothing) for $25 on CL (GOD I love the rich Boston suburbs), and it took me time to find that deal!

So if your shower is going to be at the way end of your pregnancy, you might be cramped for time to find CL deals.

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